The Water Knife Symbols & Objects

Paolo Bacigalupi
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Desert Cadillac

The book Desert Cadillac is symbolic of the chances to do the right thing and prevent catastrophe that individuals and societies as a whole fail to capitalize on. On a historical level, this is represented by the fact that the book warns about the consequences of the extreme droughts and unstable water supplies in the region, but governments and environmental fail to heed the warning. On a character level, the book represents Angel’s missed opportunity to solve all his problems by paying greater attention to Maria and her troubles. Angel is distracted by his own concerns and fails to realize that Maria has the water rights tucked inside the copy of Desert Cadillac.

Clearsacs

Clearsacs are plastic containers used to convert human urine into drinking water and they are symbolic of poverty and desperation. The use of Clearsacs is a sign that a character...

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